Car rentals in Victoria: All you need to know
A Victoria car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even see what else the rest of British Columbia has to offer. CarRentals.com has collected your most popular questions about renting a car in Victoria. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I get a great deal on a rental car in Victoria?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to snag the cheapest deals. Just enter your travel dates and go through the variety of rental car suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Victoria. You should also:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which typically are more expensive
- Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book in advance
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Victoria rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Victoria?
CarRentals.com has around a half-dozen car rental suppliers to pick from in Victoria. You'll find some of the best brands, like Budget. Read through the online reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Victoria?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Victoria. If you're having a bit of trouble deciding, make sure to read over our chart below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little adventure off the beaten path||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||Families with bags and a need for space||Infiniti Q50, Hyundai Sonata, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Couple or two friends who plan on doing some sightseeing||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Victoria?
Normally, to rent a car in Victoria you must be at least 21. But, you may find that there is an added charge if you're under 25 or for higher category cars. Go over the supplier's terms to discover what any additional charges is before you reserve your rental.
Does Victoria require rental car insurance?
When cruising through Victoria or the rest of Canada, you will need insurance. Many suppliers require that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. The majority of countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental.
Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa or American Express, give some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you get a larger or luxury vehicle. Make sure to check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Victoria rental cars?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you pick up your car. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Some providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't have to find for a gas station before you return your car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don't need to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you collect the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Many rental car suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out choice. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Victoria.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you want to explore all that Victoria offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Read the fine print to be certain they are truly "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Be sure you check out a few items before you leave the rental lot on your Victoria adventure. It's important to:
- Check out your car and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Victoria rental car today
When you reserve your car with CarRentals.com, you can count on a great vehicle that will result in more extra money in the bank. Cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Victoria rental car when you book with us. We'll see you around town.